Not sure what to do in Porto Alegre? Check out 15 must-see tourist attractions and discover the main sights of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul

Porto Alegre offers many attractions to tourists, with beautiful green areas, several restaurants and cultural programs. 

THE capital of Rio Grande do Sul, loved by the gauchos, can be a full plate for the visitor. In poa it is possible to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country, on the banks of the Guaíba. Always keeping a young spirit, the city has a lively nightlife, especially in the bars of Cidade Baixa. In addition, the city also separates some attractions to remember remarkable personalities who were born there. 

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A tourist town in its own right, Porto Alegre it has a lot to offer even if you are just passing through or if you want to use it as a starting point for a day trip to other cities in Rio Grande do Sul. 

see below things to do in Porto Alegre and plan your itinerary.

15 attractions to discover in Porto Alegre

Historic center 

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Ricardo André Frantz / Wikimedia Commons

The Historic Center of Porto Alegre is where the visitor will find the main points of interest in the city. But in addition to important attractions, the center still provides an incredible tour because of its architecture that is simply impressive. The visit on foot is more than recommended to observe all the details and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the colonial buildings.

Once there, walk along Rua dos Andradas, also known as Rua da Praia, which is in the heart of the historic centre. The boardwalk, listed as a historical heritage, has several stores, just like an open-air shopping mall. In the region, tourists can also find the Public Market, Praça da Matriz and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Porto Alegre. 

Mario Quintana House of Culture (CCMQ)

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Inaugurated in 1990, Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana is a space built to promote cinema, music, visual arts, dance, theater and literature. In homage to the Brazilian poet, translator and journalist, Mário Quintana, the cultural equipment was built from the old building of the Majestic Hotel, built in 1916 and 1933, a historical heritage of the city.

In addition to the charming architecture, the building accommodates several libraries, galleries, theaters and exhibition halls, as well as holding workshops and events related to culture. 

  • Address: Rua dos Andradas, 736
  • Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 12:00 to 21:00

Iberê Camargo Foundation 

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Paulo rsmenezes / Wikimedia Commons

The Iberê Camargo Foundation was created in 1995 with the mission of preserving, investigating and disseminating the work of Iberê Camargo, an artist from Rio Grande do Sul who was among the great names of Brazilian art in the 20th century with his paintings, drawings, gouaches and engravings.

The Foundation organizes, throughout the year, several exhibitions, seminars, meetings with artists and curators, courses, workshops, among other activities that deal with the work of Iberê Camargo. In addition to promoting themes related to modern and contemporary art.

In addition to the individual visit, it is possible to schedule guided tours for groups from 10 people. Scheduling can be done by phone (51) 3247 8001 or by e-mail [email protected]

Scheduled visits are held from Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. And on Thursdays at 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm.

Farroupilha Park

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Farroupilha, also known as Parque da Redenção, is the most traditional park in Porto Alegre. Open to the public since 1807 and listed as a Historical and Cultural Heritage of the city since 1997, the park offers much more than a green area in the urban environment. There are 38,000 square meters that house around 10,000 trees of different species, such as cherry, paineira, rosewood, ipê-roxo and cypress. In this space, visitors can also find train rides and pedal boats, the Bom Fim Market – where convenience stores and snack bars are located – and the Ecological Fair, which takes place on Saturday mornings. 

In addition to these, the park also houses several perfect places to rest while enjoying a typical gaucho mate, such as the Orquidário, Recanto Oriental, Recanto Ocidental, the Espelho d'água and the Araújo Viana Auditorium. During the tour, the visitor can still find 38 monuments, especially the Monument to the Expeditionary.

  • Address: Av. Joao Pessoa, s/n

Porto Alegre Public Market

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The Porto Alegre Public Market, opened in 1869, is a supply center in the heart of the city. The place has 106 establishments among stalls that offer fresh products, typical ingredients of the region and services. It is at the market that tourists can buy fresh fruit or the mate herbs so popular in the south and then visit a barber shop, for example. The Public Market also acts as a meeting point for cultural and community events in the city. 

  • Address: Av. Borges de Medeiros
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm / Saturdays from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm / Sundays closed

Guaíba waterfront

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre. Photo: Valter Helmuth Goldberg Junior / Wikimedia Commons

Bearing the fame of one of the most beautiful sunsets in Brazil, Lake Guaíba marks the landscape identity of Porto Alegre. The riverfront runs for 72 km and is one of the busiest outdoor leisure spaces in the city, housing bars and restaurants with the best gastronomy that the capital of Rio Grande do Sul has to offer. 

In addition, there are dozens of boats that make trips along the Guaíba and channels of the Delta do Jacuí, a hydrographic set of 16 islands, channels, swamps and ponds that offer one of the most beautiful views of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul and the large yellow warehouses of Cais Mauá that stand out. the port origin of the city. 

  • Address: Av. Edvaldo Pereira Paiva – Praia de Belas

Metropolitan Cathedral of Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Ana Paula Hirama / Flickr

The Cathedral is one of the main symbols of Porto Alegre. Located in the center of the city, the structure draws attention for its traces of Renaissance art and the mosaics that represent the history of the Catholic Church in the state. The towers, inaugurated in 1971, resemble the model of those built at the time of the Jesuit missions in Rio Grande do Sul.

Rua Goncalo de Carvalho

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre. Photo: Disclosure

On the border of the Independência and Floresta neighborhoods, Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho is nicknamed the “most beautiful street in the world” and, due to its internet fame, is a mandatory stop for tourists visiting Porto Alegre. 

In 2006, the street was declared Historical, Cultural, Ecological and Environmental heritage of the municipality, becoming known for the charming green tunnel formed by the trees that rise along its entire length. 

Church of Sorrows

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Andervaz / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Historic Center of Porto Alegre, the Church stands on Rua dos Andradas, former Rua da Praia. Its construction began in 1807, when the waters of Lake Guaíba reached the street, and was completed a century later, in 1903. 

The tour of the Church of Dores, listed as a National Monument by IPHAN in 1938, goes back to the history of the city and the State, relating the historical facts to the stages of construction. 

The visitor, in addition to taking the opportunity to attend one of the masses and observe the architectural aspects, can also be lucky enough to be able to enjoy performances by orchestras and choirs due to the excellent acoustics of the place. 

  • Address: R. dos Andradas, 587
  • Mass times: Monday to Friday at 18:30h / Saturday at 18:00h / Sunday at 10:00h and 18:30h

Gasometer Plant

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre. Photo: marcusrg / Flickr

 Usina do Gasómetro Cultural Center is one of the most important and well-known cultural spaces in Porto Alegre. It works in the old thermoelectric plant of Gasómetro, inaugurated on November 15, 1928, on the so-called Praia do Arsenal, designed to generate energy based on mineral coal. 1982 Eletrobrás transfers the use of the land to the municipality. In the same year, the state government topples the chimney and, in 1983, the municipal government topples the building. It was opened to the population as a Cultural Center in 1991. The 18 thousand square meters of area house auditoriums, multipurpose rooms, amphitheaters, spaces for exhibitions, cinema and theater.

on the banks of the Guaíba river, it is also a meeting point for boatmen who travel through the hydrographic complex. 

  • Address: Av. President João Goulart, 551

Main Square 

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Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Ricardo André Frantz / Wikimedia Commons

Praça Marechal Deodoro, known as Praça da Matriz due to its proximity to the Metropolitan Cathedral, has been the scene of remarkable events in Porto Alegre since its foundation. As a point of reference, the square ended up becoming a civic, cultural and religious center for the gaucho people. There was the place where there was the acclamation of the Republic (1889) and the deposition of Júlio Castilhos (1891), for example. 

For the visitor, in addition to the Cathedral, it is also possible to visit other historical buildings in the region such as the Júlio de Castilhos Museum, the São Pedro Theater and the Solar dos Câmaras.

  • Address: Praça Marechal Deodoro, s/nº

PUC Science and Technology Museum 

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre

Photo: Roberto Murta / Wikimedia Commons

With exhibitions designed to arouse curiosity and a taste for science, the PUC Science and Technology Museum values the participation of visitors and wants them to be involved in playful and unusual experiences. 

Its collection houses a vast set of fossils, specimens representing our biodiversity and pieces from archaeological excavations that are also the subject of research by master's and doctoral students from various parts of the world. 

Among the exhibits, the museum separates archeology wards, Charles Darwin's voyage and evolution, aquatic mammals, forensic science, matter and energy, aeronautics, space and more. 

  • Address: Av. Ipiranga, 6681 Parthenon Building 40
  • Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm / Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm / Closed Mondays

Lower City

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Disclosure

Once in Porto Alegre, be sure to visit the most bohemian neighborhood in the city. Cidade Baixa, which is next to Farroupilha Park, concentrates the city's nightlife. As one of the busiest and most democratic neighborhoods in the city, Cidade Baixa began, historically, to be urbanized at the end of the 19th century with the arrival of Italian families and free blacks. Today, it adds several restaurants, bars, party houses and cultural spaces that guarantee entertainment at any time of the day. 

In addition, Cidade Baixa is located close to other central districts, such as the Historic Center, Praia de Belas, Menino Deus, Azenha and Farroupilha, facilitating access for visitors to other tourist attractions, malls and bus stations.

Porto Alegre Botanical Garden

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre

Main tourist attractions in Porto Alegre. Photo: Disclosure

Formed by 39 hectares, the Porto Alegre Botanical Garden houses hundreds of plant species, all identified and cataloged, allowing visitors to learn more about the native flora of the state and other regions.

The park is covered by more than 5 thousand trees and in addition to its greenhouses it also has a serpentarium, as well as a charming lake, home to some species of fish, turtles and even swans. Another highlight is the collection of medicinal plants, an area restricted to people with scientific and educational interests, requiring a prior appointment for the visit.

  • Address: R.Dr. Salvador França, 1427 – Botanical Garden, Porto Alegre
  • Opening hours: Visitation is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Windmill Park

Porto Alegre tourist attractions

Porto Alegre Tourist Attractions. Photo: Saturnalia / Wikimedia Commons

Popularly known as Parcão, Moinhos de Vento is ideal for cultural outings with small children and the elderly due to its large green area.

The place has several leisure options for those who prefer exercise, the park has gym equipment, areas for jogging, skating, tennis, football, volleyball and a dedicated recreation area for children.

  • Address: R. Comendador Caminha, s/n
  • Hours: 24 hours

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